McKinley Park Walking Tour

From Saturday, June 24, 2017 1:00 pm until 3:30 pm

Enjoy a stroll and learn about the neighborhood during the McKinley Park Walking Tour, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, 2017, starting at the 35th/Archer Orange Line El Station at 3685 S. Archer Ave., Chicago.

Presented by Chicago for Chicagoans, the tour consists of a 2.5 hour walk through McKinley Park with special guest collaborator and historic preservationist Erica Ruggiero. As a passionate advocate for Chicago's industrial history, Erica brings her expertise of the Central Manufacturing District to a tour that weaves and winds through picturesque streets of vernacular architecture.

Beginning at the 35th/Archer Orange Line El stop, the tour will cover the history, landmarks and towering structures of a neighborhood that's long been responsible for much of the city's bricks, iron, meat, furniture and Goodyear Tires — while also housing an ever-changing, diverse immigrant population. It will include humble homes, towering manufacturing supercenters, churches, schools and parks, and explore McKinley Park's unique stamp on Chicago's magnificent blue collar history. The afternoon will end at Lindy's Chili & Gertie's Ice Cream, an iconic establishment that's been serving treats to the area since 1924.

The event is offered on a pay-what-you-can basis by the not-for-profit Chicago for Chicagoans group. A suggested tip of $10 to $20 per person is always appreciated, but reviewing the group on Yelp, liking them on Facebook, spreading the word and attending future tours are also ways to contribute.

RSVPs are suggested and highly appreciated. Click this link to RSVP:

This tour is the first of two for the weekend, with the second taking place 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, also starting at the 35th/Archer Orange Line El Station.

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